SilverCrest Metals has received notification from the Mexican Environmental and Natural Resources Department (SEMARNAT) granting approval of its Environmental Impact Statement, which includes an operating permit (MIA) for the development of its Las Chispas Project in Sonora, Mexico. The MIA provides the company with conditional approval to construct a 3,000-metric-ton-per-day (mt/d) underground mine and a conventional processing facility with subsequent dry stack tailings and backfill operations for Las Chispas.

“The approval of the MIA is a key milestone for Las Chispas,” said CEO Eric Fier. “It should enable SilverCrest to have all major operating permits in hand ahead of our scheduled construction timeline.”

The feasibility study should be completed in the second half of 2020, with construction anticipated for the second half of 2020, Fier said.